Last offseason, the Chicago Bears went out and signed a pair of top-tier linebackers to try and get their defense back to where it needed to be.
Both T.J. Edwards and Tremaine Edmunds landed multi-year deals with Chicago, who was set on turning the tables on that side of the football. While both had a big impact, it was Edwards who stood out and put up a monster year, totaling 155 tackles, seven passes defensed and three interceptions.
Thursday during Super Bowl LVIII's Radio Row, Edwards spent some time with our very own Sterling Holmes, of the Stacking the Box podcast along with Arrowhead Addict's Patrick Allen.
Among a couple of topics discussed, Edwards was asked about his former Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni, before ultimately speaking about Matt Eberflus.
"I have all the love and respect for Sirianni. He's a passionate dude, wore his heart on his sleeve ... he was in it with you," Edwards said.
The linebacker went on to compare Sirianni to Eberflus and spoke equally as bright of his now-head coach.
Bears fans should get behind T.J. Edwards' endorsement of Matt Eberflus.
"Flus ... I get that same type of energy. That same type of passion every day.
"You can tell he loves the game. He lives, breathes and sleeps football, for sure," the linebacker said.
Edwards also said earlier in the interview how the defense responded after the Chiefs loss toward the beginning of the season. Following that loss, and the changes Eberflus made with calling the defense, they were a totally different squad.
"He's been consistent, steady, handling the storm of Chicago media. We were better for it," Edwards elaborated.
He's not wrong. The Chicago media can be brutal. Many members of the media and a good chunk of the fan base wanted Eberflus to be fired following the season, but the way he turned that defense around deserves some respect.
Maybe, just maybe, Ryan Poles wasn't wrong to keep him around another year. If we're being honest, the biggest responsibility, now, is in the hands of Poles and his decision at quarterback. Eberflus has the trust and respect of the locker room. Now, it's on Poles to make a decision on Justin Fields and, let's call it like it is ... Caleb Williams.
From the get-go, fans could tell Eberflus loved football. His introductory press conference was full of positivity and you knew, as a military man, that Eberflus was going to push his guys hard but also have their backs. And, if last season was any indication, Eberflus proved just that.
Adversity came, and Eberflus handled it like a pro. The Bears defense was the main reason for the team's turnaround, and because of it, the head coach got to keep his job.
Now, let's hope Eberflus, Edwards and the rest of the Bears can carry that momentum into the 2024 campaign.